About the Event
For an extraordinary evening of piano classics, visit the impressive Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona to hear the masterpieces of Brahms, Chopin and Liszt.
Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist of the 19th century who influenced the music of the Romantic period. He composed for voice, piano, symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles and chorus. In fact, his reputation as a composer grouped him with Beethoven and Bach as one of the three Bs of music, in other words one of the greatest figures of classical music. As a matter of fact, Brahms worked with leading performers such as Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim. As a result, many of his works became staples of the modern repertoire for their uncompromising perfectionism.
Frederic Chopin was a Polish composer and pianist of the Romantic area early 19th century. He wrote primarily piano solos but also piano concerts, chamber pieces and songs set to Polish lyrics. He is well‐known as a poetic genius without competition of his generation. In fact, he created the concept of instrumental ballade and his performances were noted for their sensitivity and fine distinction. He spent most of his life in Paris, where he performed for the intimate atmospheres of salons. For most of his life, he suffered poor health. As a result, he died quite young at the age of 39, probably of tuberculosis.
Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, pianist and conductor of the 19th century Romantic era. He was well‐known for his prodigious virtuosic skill as a pianist all over Europe. In fact, he was one of the most prominent representatives of the New German School Neudeutsche Schule as a composer. Over the course of his career he created extensive and diverse bodies of works that influenced contemporaries and anticipated many 20th‐century ideas and trends. For instance, his most notable musical contributions were the invention of the symphonic poem, making radical departures in harmony and developing the concept of thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form.
- Brahms, Johannes – Intermezzi op.117
- Chopin, Frederic – Sonata núm. 3
- Liszt, Franz – Berceuse
- Liszt, Franz – Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178